Amazon is slowly revealing its plan to use drones for delivering packages. The service is called Prime Air. The most likely areas where Prime Air will operate is in bigger cities where delivery times could be as fast as 30 minutes from the time you order the item. Here’s the Amazon video:
Is the iPad Pro a PC killer? Not so fast. Initial tests indicate that the iPad Pro is fast, but not as fast as a laptop. And this whole notion that the iPad will replace the PC is ludicrous. It won’t. Businesses and individuals won’t jump out all of a sudden and abandon their desktops for the iPad Pro. I guarantee it, people will still use the desktop for certain tasks. We welcome the vast improvement that Apple has given the iPad, but in the end, it’s still a tablet, for now. And tablets do what tablets do. There are not desktops. Not yet, anyway. Although, the distinction between the two will most likely blur in the future. Most people’s workflow does not translate on the iPad at the moment. Try to work on the iPad for an entire week without ever touching your desktop, and you get the idea. It’s not quite there yet. And I’m not sure if it’s even going to be there in the future. It’s like trying to mold a small car into becoming a pickup. There are certain things tablets do very well. There are certain tasks that desktops do very as well. I don’t think that moment is now.
If you have a blog at WordPress.com, you can now download a WordPress desktop app that’s available for the Mac. It’s similar to the Slack desktop application. The WordPress desktop app is very similar to the WordPress.com’s Dashboard. In fact, you’ll forget sometimes that you’re using the desktop app, except that you’re constantly reminded because there are no page refreshes. All updates are done behind the scenes. With this improvement, WordPress.com looks and feels like a modern web app. It’s WordPress way of saying, we can keep up with newcomers such as Medium. There are currently no plans to make this app available for the WordPress.org users.
It seems to me that every interesting article that’s out there use some kind of slideshows. I think it’s time to nuke that idea. I’m tired of viewing articles with titles of top 10 destinations, top 10 tech tips, and top 20 advices, and every one of them use some kind of slideshow to display their content. It’s getting to point now that it’s no longer a pleasant browsing experience. Viewers spend too much time clicking on the next button. And those stupid popup ads that seem to interrupt every third or fourth slide. It’s ridiculous. It’s getting to a point now that I refuse to read or view anything that has slideshows. The more people refuse to view any content with slideshows, the better it will be for the user experience. Content providers will eventually get the clue and stop using them. That will be the day.
Black Fridays are going to be a thing of the past. Why go to a store on Black Friday if you can just stay at home and order the items online. Many retailers are now making their sales available online as well as in their stores. And we all know how much cheaper it is to sell online. You don’t have to stock up your stores or move merchandise. Here’s some tech items available from Amazon and Walmart on Black Friday.
Google and Asus finally introduced Chromebit, a device on-a-stick that runs Chrome OS. Chromebit plugs directly to a HDMI port of a TV or monitor. It also has a USB port at the other end. It’s a full-fledge Chromebook computer capable of browsing, playing videos, accessing emails and a lot more. It retails for $85. It’s powered by a Rockchip 3288 quadcore processor with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, along with WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 support. This means you can use a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard to it. At $85, it is one of the more affordable computer on the market.
Node.js v5 development releases are going to be faster than in the past. It’s an intermediate release and it’s not part of the LTS (long term release) plan. Because of the rapid releases, it’s not recommended to those who find upgrades to be a challenge. The focus of this release is to get the new features delivered to users quickly. Here’s the post from nodejs.org.
Are you looking for the best Steam machine?
Here’s a first batch of steam machine comparisons from FutureMark.
A Steam Machine is a PC for your living room. Play your games on your big screen TV while sitting comfortably on your sofa. Steam Machines run a Linux-based operating system called SteamOS and are controlled with a gamepad instead of a mouse and keyboard.
Google has acquired iOS videographer Flylabs. It could mean an overhaul of Google’s Photos app which means improvement on the video editing capability of Photos. Fly Labs is making their iOS app available for free which include Clips, Tempo, Fly, and Crop. It’s available for the next three months.
It’s official. 1 billion people use Facebook daily. Here’s a graphic that explains it all.